Shadow of War, PS4 Review.

We at Koru-Cottage are pretty big fans of Monolith Productions and especially their game, Shadow of Mordor. We wrote some pretty positive words about it in 2014 in both the Review and the write up on the DLC later that same year. Shadow of War is the next instalment in the Middle-Earth series and is brilliant in many ways, but suffers from some serious mis-steps to. So, join us for another trip into the land where the shadows lie, and check out the full video review below.

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds – Xbox One Review

You’ve probably been hiding under a rock if you haven’t seen or heard from Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, that said you’ve probably been hiding near a rock if you have – A rock, in long grass and a sweaty palm on the grip of a weapon you’re not quite sure how to reload.

An indie phenomenon that has enjoyed massive PC success even if only still in Beta, its basically Battle Royale for 100 players, Encouraging people hunting at its finest. Having recently made the leap to console, in admittedly unfinished form we got to give it a spin. Along with the other 40 Million players, who have been breaking records by having at least 3 Million concurrent players online at any given time – so something is right.

So does the sleeper hit make the leap to console with a bang or does it get caught hiding behind a hay bale looking the wrong way?

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Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, PS4 PlayLink Review

A seasonal guest contribution by Guy “Browncoat’s”, 15yr old Daughter, Nina. Thanks for reading, more Playlink games reviews coming in the next few weeks.

As an avid teen girl-gamer I enjoy all sorts of video games, from a mindless first person shooter to a more strategic RPG. But above all, I need a game with an engaging story and three dimensional characters. So when Dad offered the chance to play the new interactive movie style, Playlink game, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, I didn’t hesitate.

Point and click, Telltale sort of games are built around having great stories and realistic characters. I had high hopes for Planet of the Apes, and it lived up to my expectations…almost.

This game is a PS4 exclusive interactive movie that you play using the smartphone app of the same name, the idea is the central concept of the new Playlink range, which consists of games where smartphones are used instead of controllers. I was apprehensive of this, as I am used to playing Destiny 2 or Skyrim with controller a in hand. Honestly it was so easy to use the phone, and would be very simple for someone who is not as familiar with consoles. The game’s controls are incredibly straightforward; two choices will appear on the phone screen and you pick one. During quick time events, the PS ‘X’ button will appear on the screen and you hold it to engage the action.

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GEAR-CLUB Unlimited, Nintendo Switch review

I can enjoy a good arcade style racer, having cut my teeth on a few decades worth. With the recent slew of serious driving games being a shade above my ability and NFS Payback being a great action movie spin off, but losing points for the grind there is a simple pleasure about GEAR-CLUB that cannot be ignored.

First off its on the Switch, which as we all know has been the console to beat this year, delivering innovation and fun at every turn. Gear-Club does not disappoint and can hold its head up amongst its stablemates. The game takes a few parts of other games and makes them whole in a way that feels fresh and accessible.

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Hidden Agenda – First 15mins of PS4 Gameplay

Hidden Agenda is a game made specifically for the new PS4 ‘PlayLink’ brand. Its probably best described as the next generation of ‘Party Games’, where multiple smart phones connect to a PS4 and allow people to play on the couch together.

Hidden Agenda is a Police thriller and has been made by the team at Super Massive Games, who have serious ‘chops’ when it comes to narrative games (ie:Until Dawn) and they have made, what at this early stage looks like, a AAA title.

Time will tell, a full review will be inbound.

But here is the first 15mins of gameplay with 3 players with iphones and it gives a pretty good idea as to how it all works.

Assassins Creed Origins Review (Xbox One)

The Assassins Creed franchise has been around for a while now and is well known by anyone that considers themselves a gamer.

Admittedly there have been a couple of questionable releases in recent years but what does number 10, Assassins Creed Origins bring? Does visiting the birth time of the Creed return the franchise back to its golden age?

Or is Ubisoft just flogging a dead camel?

For the bulk of Origins you play Bayek, a Medjay living in 48BC Ptolemaic Egypt, the age of Cleopatra, Pyramids, and the Sphinx with a nose. Long before The Brotherhood and Templars, Origins has you tied up in, well, the origins of these groups through a life of justice and revenge.

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Skyrim VR, PS4 Review

Skyrim never dies, having graced the PS4 already in HD goodness its back and in a VR wrapped package of goodness.

Rivalling perhaps Minecraft for platform releases most people will know of Skyrim whether or not they have walked its paths.

It’s a game that has also been around a long time, so it might not be the prettiest of adventures, especially up close in the VR headset, but that soon washes away when you look into the distance and start to marvel at the world building around you.

It is fair to say that Bethesda have put some effort into the launch, the move controllers have had time and effort put into their mapping, almost to the point of being overworked and borderline confusing. It makes sense with practice, but can be a handful in the heat of battle. You can play with the standard controller setup, which makes for a smoother play, but takes away some of the intent. Wandering a dungeon casting spells in virtual freedom is a pleasant experience and all the more fun because of the Move controls.

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Stars Wars Battlefront II, PS4 Review

Star Wars, you can’t pass it by, especially when you get the chance to live out those schoolyard fantasies in First Person. Or so you think.

Going into Battlefront II feels okay, its shiny and Star Wars enough, however for all the polish attempting to outdo the previous game the UI feels cluttered and overdone.

The old game was crisp and clean, lots of white space complementing the personalised greeting it gave you. This time round you get smacked in the face with “Come here and open today’s loot box!”

I have a bad feeling…

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MudRunner: A Spintires Games, PS4 Video Review

I no longer have the time, patience or money to have a good Gaming PC. So even though the original Spintires has been out on PC for a couple of years, I have been waiting patiently for it to finally hit Console.

Frankly, MudRunner has been a pleasant surprise but it has to viewed as the niche Sim title that it is. Sure, it has some similarities to the Euro-Truck or Farm Simulator games, however the pure off-road setting and the impact the terrain has on the moment to moment gameplay makes it unique.  MudRunner still has a bit of jank here and there and the UI still hints to some ‘mouse-n-keyboard’ control options having to be shoe-horned into the PS4 controller. But overall it is my sleeper hit of 2017. There is just no other game like it and in a overcrowded world of Shooters, RPGs and Racing games, and that makes it a bit special in my book.

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Need for Speed Payback, PS4 Review

You wait years for some serious racers, then three come along at once. Only to get grit sprayed in their grills by the latest in the arcade style hi-speed hi-jinks crashathon Need for Speed franchise instalment.

NFS has been divisive at times, but has mostly done a good job at delivering entertainment. The franchise has been around for a very long time and the reveal of a new instalment can often reduce serious gamers to jelly when they see shiny screens and screeching tyres.

Now in Payback its time to get your Fast and Furious on, joining the underworld of high speed car crime in an alternate Nevada alike (aka Fortune Valley) landscape. The game is billed as delivering blockbuster moments interspersed with hi-octane thrills, this happens by cutting in plenty of well designed cutscene moments. Often triggered at a narrative point or when something exceptionally cool happens around you.

It works at the outset, hopping between three main characters and one supporting role its good to see how their story starts to flesh out, a story of revenge by the way as they fight their way to the top of a massive race in the hope of bringing down mysterious antagonist The House. the narrative may be a little clumsy, but the cutscenes dovetail well with the action and pull the scripted sequence along.

For a while you may be convinced that the failings of NFS: The Run have been left behind in a ditch, for a while you may think this instalment will have legs, for a while. Continue reading